Homily for the 2nd Sunday of Advent Year A
Theme: Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is close at hand.
By: Fr. Patrick
Homily for Sunday December 8 2019
Gospel: Mt 3:1-12
My friends, one of the ways we can spiritually prepare ourselves for Christmas is by making a good confession. Most of us have one or two things we’d like to get off our chest and make a firm commitment to do better. It might be spending too much time on our smartphones for example; or maybe working too long and hard and not spending enough of time with family or getting a proper balance in our lives or any number of other things.
My friends, in the Gospel John the Baptist, quoting Isaiah, urges ‘prepare a way for the Lord.’ This is the opportune time to bring whatever it is that we need to bring before the Lord in confession – ‘prepare a way for the Lord.’ Let us not waste this opportunity. To facilitate this need we will have a penitential service Monday week 15th December in St. Erasmus, Aghada at 7.30pm with confessions. If this doesn’t work for you I’m told there is confession every Saturday from 12-1pm in Midleton church. They and other parishes will also be having their penitential services in the run-up to Christmas.
My friends let us use this time to put ourselves at rights before God and one another. If done properly it will be a great blessing for us and one of the best ways we can prepare for the birth of Jesus, the Son of God.
Conclusion of Mass – the takeaway
Let us use this time of year to ‘prepare a way for the Lord’ in our hearts as we heard in our Gospel